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To: sukhoi-30mki
17 US' senators have sent a statement to Pentagon declaring the US' Department of Defense should drop a 900 million dollars contract to supply a Russian Mi-17 helicopter fleet to Afghanistan,

What are we, the United States, doing in buying Russian helicopters to give to Afghanistan?

It's hard to believe that Afghans admire Russian products more so than weapons from America.

8 posted on 03/13/2012 10:31:22 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: OldNavyVet

The reason why:

“The rush to equip the new military forces in these countries was used to justify sole-source procurements for a host of weapons and equipment, particularly for what is called “non-standard” equipment—in this case, Russian. Those countries, so the argument went, were more familiar with Russian equipment. Even in Afghanistan, a country which fought off a Soviet occupation in the 1980s, U.S. officials argued that the Northern Alliance and Afghan pilots were more familiar with Russian helicopters, which are regarded as rugged and reliable.”

http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/08/31/5992/windfalls-war-pentagon-buys-choppers-russia-equip-afghan-iraqi-militaries


10 posted on 03/13/2012 10:38:52 PM PDT by U-238
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